The weekly sale of Prime Lambs had a larger entry forward of 1200 selling to an overall market average of 175p/kg, in keeping with other local markets. The sale included the ‘Belting Beltex’ Show for pairs of Beltex Sired Prime Lambs which was kindly supported by the Northern Beltex Club, in preparation for their sale on Monday 17th September. Thanks must go to the pre-sale Judge Mr Mark Jennings. Topping the sale today was the first prize pen from WS Burrow & Sons, Silverdale selling to £108 or 231p/kg, purchased by Michael Lomax on behalf of Higginsons Butchers, Grange-Over-Sands. Second Prize was awarded to J Twigge, Lindale selling for £96 or 220p/kg, purchased by Brown Horse Pub, Winster. A buoyant trade for all Beltex lambs forward saw all selling to a market average of 206p/kg.
Texels topped at £94 for 49kg lambs from E Dodgson, Kendal with plenty of well-finished, heavy weight lambs mid to late eighties. Suffolk lambs topped at £89.50 from M Robinson, Lowgill. Lambs weighing 41kg upwards and well-finished were best to sell, with those below this weight harder to place. More Mules on offer this week sold to a top of £76.50 from BD Gill, Ingleton.
A larger entry of Cast Ewes on the market saw over 350 sell to strong trade with a couple of fresh buyers ringside helping the trade. The trade topped twice at £111 for Texel Ewes from CC & HM Roberts, Tebay and Bluefaced Leicesters from Drinkall Bros of Over Wyresdale. Cheviot Ewes sold to £99 from J Twigge, Lindale. There was plenty of strong ewes selling into the nineties. Best Mule ewes were selling mid to late seventies, topping at £80 from E & A Thompson, New Hutton. Horned ewes sold to a top of £70 for Swaledales from Drinkall Bros. Small leaner type hill ewes sold to a noticeably sharper trade this week, being five to eight pound up on the week.